NEW MOMMY SPA GUIDE

New Moms can immensely benefit from spa breaks.

Here are a few tips to KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

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Because a New Mom Deserves a Spa Break

Being a new mom can be summed up in two words: Exhilarating and exhausting. Think of us as your support for self-care, because if you could ever use some me-time, it’s now! Yes, you’re absolutely Wonder Woman, and, of course, you’re currently taking care of your little human being there, but you also need to focus on yourself whenever possible.

SPA DO’S

1. DO SCHEDULE A POSTPARTUM MASSAGE

it can lower stress hormones, boost circulation and has been shown effective “for a quicker recovery and better health,” according to the American Pregnancy Association. The aching back you may have had while pregnant doesn’t automatically disappear after baby’s born. Think about it: You’ll be bent over changing diapers, taking the child in and out of the bassinet, possibly nursing. A massage will soothe the pains and relax muscles (and the aromatherapy oils used during treatment will create a sense of calm and can aid with hormone balance, anxiety and depression.

2. TOP UP YOUR POST PREGNANCY GLOW

If suffering from hyperpigmentation, try microdermabrasion. Simply need a boost? Ask your spa which facials include a lymphatic drainage massage. Be aware that your skin may be more sensitive than usual, so opt for organic, gentle products.

3. BEFORE THE MASSAGE, ASK QUESTIONS

If you’re concerned about anything, don’t hesitate to ask your therapist. Do share that you are postpartum or nursing. And when you arrive for your treatment, remind your therapist. Experienced therapists are able to adjust positioning to suit your comfortability level, particularly if lactating or dealing with sore breasts and/or belly. As well, some essential oils should be avoided while breastfeeding.

4. DO BOOK A BLOWDRY

It’s a fairly quick, pampering beauty treatment that’ll last for a few days’ time. And it’s a total confidence booster, even when you’ve had sleepless nights or no time to shower.

SPA DON’TS

1. DON’T RUSH YOURSELF

Take it easy. You just gave birth and are trying to get back on track. It might take a minute to do that. Try to connect with your friends and family to see if anyone can help you.

It takes time to return to the gym, your previous schedule, outings with friends. This is a new phase for you, allow yourself to enjoy it.

2. DO BOOK REGULAR MANICURES AND PEDICURES

It’s perfectly fine to enjoy the occasional mani & pedi. Be sure to request that your nail technician use products without these chemicals.

3. SCHEDULE NAP TIME WITH YOUR NEWBORN.

It takes time to return to former activities but one thing to remember is you need to sleep. Babies have a pretty rigorous schedule. Try to schedule nap time with your newborn so you can rest together and you’re not trying to catch 8 hours when the baby will be up for 4 of those.

4. A MASSAGE MAY BE IN ORDER.

A little self care can help you reset. Even if it’s just an hour, it can make a difference for you. Call ahead and let them know that you had a baby recently. Let them know if you are breastfeeding or experiencing anything the massage therapist needs to take into consideration when you visit. Definitely advise if you’ve had a caesarian or anything they need to consider. This hour is for you and the goal is for you to feel your best.

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